Exercise 2: Apply a Batch Rename
You've created 10 pages for your flipbook, but the filenames are atrocious. We'll use Batch Rename to rename all 10 files. Then you'll open and arrange the files in Photoshop to complete the next exercise.
- Open Bridge to locate and select all 10 new files. Choose Tools > Batch Rename. I renamed my files balloon with two sequential digits, as shown in Figure 7.
- Open all 10 images in Photoshop by selecting all of them in Bridge and double-clicking one of the thumbnails.
- Return to Photoshop and choose Window > Arrange > Float All in Windows. Figure 8 shows my result.
- Choose Window > Arrange > Tile.
- Activate any of the documents by clicking it. Then hold down Command and press the hyphen (-) key to zoom out until you can view the whole document and some gray space around the edges of the document. For example, I zoomed out to 16.5%.
- Choose Window > Arrange > Match Zoom (see Figure 9). Now all of the files are made easily viewable onscreen at the same time.
Figure 7 In the Batch Rename dialog, you can add or delete variables for the new filenames by using the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons at the right side of this section.
Now that of the files are renamed, you'll open them in Photoshop with a document arrangement that enables you to see all of the documents onscreen at once.
Figure 8 When all files are floated, they separate from tabs and appear to be stacked.
Figure 9 Although this step doesn't make use of an Action, automation remains central to our methodology. Photoshop will automatically match the zoom level of one document on all open files.